Category: India

Tchee – Tea

Welcome cup Tea… very touching…

A group of 15 solders led by a Major were on their way to the post in Himalayans where they would be deployed for the next 3 months. The batch who would  be relieved waiting anxiously.

It was cold winter & intermittent snowfall made the treacherous climb more difficult.

If someone could offer a cup of tea. . the major thought, knowing it was a futile wish..

They continued for an hour before they came across a dilapidated structure, which looked like a tea shop but locked. It was late in the night.

“No tea boys, bad luck”, said the major. But he suggested all take some rest there as they have been walking for 3 hours.
“Sir, this is a tea shop and we can make tea… We will have to break the lock”, suggested one solder.

The officer was in great dilemma to the unethical suggestion but the thought of a steaming cup of tea for the tired solders made him to give the permission.

They were in luck, the place had everything needed to make tea and also packets of biscuits.
The solders had tea & biscuits and  were ready for the remaining journey.

The major thought, they had broken open lock and had tea & biscuits without the permission of the owner. But they’re not a band of thieves but disciplined soldiers.
He took out a Rs 1000  note from his wallet, placed it on the  counter, pressed under sugar container, so that the owner can see.

The officer was now relieved of his guilt. He ordered to put the shutter down and proceed.

Three months passed, they continued to  do gallantly in their works and were lucky not to loose anyone from the group in the intense insurgency situation.
It was time for another team to replace them.

Soon they were on their way back and stopped at the same tea shop which was open and owner was present in the shop.
The owner an old man will meager resources was very happy to greet 15 customers.

All of them had tea and biscuits. They talked to the old man about his life and  experience specially selling tea at such a remote place.

The old man had many stories to tell, replete with his faith in God.
“Oh, Baba, if God is there, why should He keep you in such poverty?”, commented one of them.

“Do not say  like that Sahib! God actually is there, I got a proof 3 months ago.”
“I was going through very tough times because my only son had been severely beaten by terrorist who wanted some information from him which he did not have. I had closed my shop to take my son to hospital. Some medicines were to be purchased and I had no money. No one would give
me loan for fear of the terrorists. There was no hope, Sahib”.

“And that day Sahib, I prayed to God for help. And Sahib, God walked into my shop that day.”
“When I returned to my shop, I found lock broken, I felt I was finished, I lost whatever little I had. But then I saw that God had left
Rs. 1000  under the sugar pot. I can’t tell you Sahib what that money was worth that day. God exists Sahib. He does.”

The faith in his eyes were unflinching.
Fifteen pairs of eyes met the eyes of the officer and read the order in his eyes clear and unambiguous, “Keep quiet”.

The officer got up and paid the bill. He hugged the old man and said, “Yes Baba, I know God does exist. And yes, the tea was wonderful.”

The the 15 pairs of eyes did not miss to notice the moisture building up in the eyes of their officer, a rare sight.

The truth is u can be God to anyone.

(source : user amohanrao on 22.02.2017)  

Ministry of Railways – Achievements & Initiatives

Dear Friend,

As always it gives me immense pleasure to write to you again.

It is our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s firm belief that Railways can give Gati and Pragati to the nation.We are driven by his vision to make Indian Railways the growth engine of our country. As I look back at the financial year gone by, I can say that we had many success and few misses. I am satisfied but not content.Innovative policies which we introduced have started giving dividends resulting in increase in both passenger and freight traffic. We reversed trend of declining number of passengers and carried 8221 million passengers which is 70 Million more than the last year. I would like to thank all my stakeholders for the connect and their trust on Indian Railways.
To remove bottlenecks, which are created because of the under investment over last many years,it was imperative to work on infrastructure creation. By working on infrastructure augmentation we aspire not only to catch up with the rising demand but also to be ready for future demand.I am glad that we have been able to achieve significant success. Some of the key highlights have been:

  • Highest ever 2855 kms of new lines, gauge conversion and doubling commissioned
  • Highest ever 953 kms of new line commissioned
  • Entire meter gauge has been converted to broad gauge in north east region
  • Highest ever 2013 kms of electrification done
  • Highest ever 1503 unmanned level crossings eliminated
  • Highest ever 1306 Road Over Bridges and Subways completed.

We are working on an ambitious Rs. 8.56 Lakh crore investment plan in the next five years. We have gone beyond the traditional method of financing and are leveraging innovative financing models for fueling our capital expenditure plan. We have formed Joint Ventures with states to speed up infrastructure augmentation keeping the specific needs of every state in perspective.
It is our endeavor to provide superior travel experience to our passengers. We have taken a number of measures to ensure with significant success. Augmenting passenger amenities, new train products, special trains, increase in carrying capacity are just some of the measures we have taken to provide comfort to our passengers. However, we have a lot more to do and we will not rest. Some of the significant achievements in 2016-17 have been:

  • Launched new train products: Hum Safar, a completely air conditioned luxury service at affordable price with improved aesthetics, amenities and Antyodaya, a completely unreserved long distance service with improved coaches
  • We commissioned 48 lifts and 61 escalators
  • High speed Wi-Fi was provided at 100+ stations
  • On Board Housekeeping facilities were extended to 157 more trains making a total of 830 trains
  • Attached 586 coaches in regular trains, generating an additional capacity of 43,420 berths
  • 150 toilets provided for Divyang
  • Total 1313 stations have been provided with 100 % LED lights
  • We ran 31,438 trips of special trains

Sustainability is another thrust area. We have mainstreamed sustainability and it is no more a peripheral activity. We are working on not only reducing our carbon footprint but also creating positive environmental impact. Some of the highlights in 2016-17 have been:

  • 4 MW of installed solar capacity added
  • Record 34,000 bio-toilets fitted. In last six years 36,000 bio-toilets were provided
  • Energy audit conducted at 205 stations
  • 1313 stations have been provided with 100 % LED lights
  • We came up with a new Water Policy for efficient use of water resources
  • We came up with Mission 41k to achieve a savings of Rs. 41,000 Cr in next 10 years by energy efficiency

It is worth mentioning that since India’s independence the freight traffic in Indian Railways has increased by about 1400% and passenger kilometers by about 1700%, but the route kilometers have grown by just 23%. This has resulted in congestion on the tracks. 40% of the sections are running with more than 100% line capacity utilization. With increased capital expenditure we are trying to de-congest the network. However, infrastructure creation is a time consuming activity. We have also created a Rail Sanranksha Kosh with a total investment of Rs.1 lakh crore. We want to see a quantum jump in the safety performance on the Indian Railways in the next few years. We are introducing latest technology and moving from preventive to predictive maintenance. The augmentation of more physical infrastructure in terms of more railway lines, road over bridges, better signalling, safety related works etc. are impacting the punctuality of trains a little.But the works which we are undertaking now were long overdue and would give much better service delivery in the times to come. We are working on improving the punctuality of trains, and we seek your cooperation. while we have made major inroads in many areas, a lot is yet to be done and we have ambitious plans ahead.Some of the significant plans we are working on and which will facilitate in bench marking of Indian Railways with the best in the world are:

  • Rs. 8.56 Lakh Crore capital expenditure plan
  • Mission “Zero fatality” to ensure complete safety
  • 100% Elimination of Unmanned level Crossings
  • Mission One ICT to leverage IT in all aspects of Indian Railways’ functioning for greater efficiency
  • Dedicated freight corridor to segregate passenger and freight traffic and thus reduce congestion considerably
  • Setting up Rail Development Authority (RDA), an independent regulator to recommend passenger and freight fares and set service level benchmarks
  • Rs. 1 Lakh Crore Rail Saranksha Fund for spending on upgrading safety standards
  • Mission Raftar to enhance both average and highest speed of trains
  • Implementation of accounting reforms to ensure co-relation between input parameters and organisational outcomes
  • Mission 5 Cr trees to plant trees for environment conservation
  • Redevelopment of stations into world class terminals having best-in-class amenities
  • Enhancing non fare revenue through advertisements, monetisation of real estate etc.
  • To connect all capital cities of North Eastern States with broad gauge by 2020
  • Making Indian Railways 100% human waste discharge free through use of Bio-Toilets
  • Generation of 1000 MW solar power, thus becoming one of country’s largest solar power producer

Our Honorable Prime Minister has taken keen interest in Railways and under his leadership, as we continue on our journey to take Indian Railways to greater heights, your cooperation is important to us. Let us work together to make Indian Railways, one of the best in the world


Suresh Prabhu




DHAKA: India has ceremonially handed over to Bangladesh a vintage Dakota aircraft, which played a crucial role in the country’s 1971 liberation war.

The Dakota aircraft played a crucial role in the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan and formation of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF).

It was used for air dropping troops in Bangladesh’s Tangail during the 1971 war.

“Air Marshal S B Deo, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force, formally handed over the Dakota (DC-3) aircraft to Bangladesh Air Force,” a statement by the Indian high commission said here today.

IAF gifts vintage Dakota to Banglades


Siddhagiri Wax Museum, Kolhapur

This delightful museum is situated in the Siddhagiri Math in Kaneri, Dist. Kolhapur, 4 kms off the Pune-Bangalore National Highway (AH 17). The Math has a history that dates back to 1200 years and is dedicated to Lord Mahadeva. The Math is in sylvan surroundings that have an abundance of flora and some fauna.

The Museum is a unique project that showcases the self-sufficiency of village life as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi. Various aspects of a village life are recreated here. The project has come to life through the vision and efforts of the present Mathadhipati H.H. Kadsiddheshwar Swamiji.

Great care and deep research has been gone into making this unusual museum. The museum currently spans over 7 acres of land where 80 scenes of village life and around 300 life-size statues of humans and domestic animals are on display in open natural surroundings. They depict various inter-dependent 12 caste-based professions and 18 related occupations that were then in existence in a largely agrarian society.

Om Sairam Wax Musuem Siddhagiri


Village Life Siddhagiri Musuem


Mother feeding Child Siddhagiri MUsuem

The  artistic and aesthetic rendition make the scenes come alive whereas the realistic dimensions and minute attention to detailing of how homes and places of work must have looked then are a visual delight for both children and adults. A visit to this unusual museum makes one long for the back-to-nature, simple, healthy, uncomplicated village life that was prevalent in India for several centuries.



India Arising

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India Arising

Well explained in the Press release reproduced below:.

A few pointing x number of people died in Note lines in 15 days. Somebody should ask them how many died in last 70 years because of no action on Black money.
People suffered and suffered due to Scams and only Scams. None of the government cared at that time.
The only motive for all those people is to be in Press lime light by criticizing for any action by a TRUE INDIAN PM Narendra Modi.
Why don’t they speak for the wonderful work done by the PM in last 2 years. He has contributed sooooo much for the country in last 2 years which no body could do in last 70 years.

Three cheers for PM Narendra Modi for the great he has been doing for the country.




Only Indian Army can do this.

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“Only Indian Army Can Do This”


  Human Bridge by Indian Army for people’s  rescue after earth quake in Sikkim



Modi ji at work

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An IAS officer who is posted in North Tripura got a call at 10pm on 21st July. He was surprised to get a call so late in the night. A young voice from the other side apologised for calling so late and asked if he is free for a few minutes because the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi wants to talk to him.

His brain froze for a few seconds and he could feel his legs shivering. He meekly whispered yes and after a few beeps, the call was transferred and none other than Mr Modi was on call. Modi apologised to him again for calling so late and said that he is just done with a meeting with Mr Nitin Gadkari and they needed his help to repair National Highway 208-A connecting Tripura to the rest of the country. He says he doesn’t even remember how he responded to it. All he remembers is Modi telling him that the GOI has spoken to both the Assam and Tripura Government and all help would be provided to him to oversee the project.

He didn’t sleep that night. Modi’s voice kept echoing in his mind and he couldn’t believe what had just happened. He tried connecting all dots and couldn’t find any logic.

Next day, when he reached his office, he got communications from Tripura Government, Assam Government and GOI. He was sanctioned funds for the project to repair 15 kms of the highway. He immediately took his staff and went to visit the stretch. He found 6 JCBs standing there that were provided by Assam Government.

Over the next 4 days, more than 300 trucks with materials kept arriving and along with local workers and PWD officials from Assam and Tripura, he opened the highway for vehicles with necessities for Tripura.

Yesterday Mr Nitin Gadkari called him to thank him for his remarkable efforts and promised that NH-44 would be repaired on a war mode. He also asked him to visit PMO office whenever he is in Delhi.

That’s my India with such remarkable stories of valour and I am proud of it. This story signifies how the Central Government is concerned about its people and there are numerous, I repeat, numerous such stories from across the country.

(Tripura is not a BJP run state, remember)


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61 yrs Old Granny Clad In Nau Vari (9 Yards Saree) Wins Marathon.

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 61 yrs Old Granny Clad In Nau Vari (9 Yards Saree) Wins Marathon


Indian Grandma wearing 9 yards saree wins 3 Km race



Baramati (Maharashtra): Latha Bhagwan, Indian Grandma, the 61-year-old grandmother took athletes by surprise by winning the 3 km race at Baramati marathon, wearing 9 yards saree

A farm labourer by profession, Lata participated in the marathon along with 9500 other people. The granny won in the senior citizen’s category and walked away with a cash prize of Rs 5000 along with a certificate.

Lata clad in a traditional Maharashtrian nauvari saree, stunned other participants when she ran barefoot in the marathon.

Speaking about her victory, Lata said, “I used to go for morning walks daily, but I had never run. If I had even tried to run, people would have found it strange and they would have asked me uncomfortable questions.”

The grand mother said she felt quite awkward when she started running in saree among other participants, but “when the race began and I started overtaking them one by one, I gained my energy.”

A native of Buldhana village, Lata Bhagwan is a migrated labourer in Baramati, Maharashtra.


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